unlocking registration key

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Lau, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. If what you show as being the text within the file, that file would not have
    even worked under Windows XP. That file only shows a program key that looks
    like it manually has to be entered into the registry in the requisite
    position.

    What you show is not a .reg file. The following text is from a .reg file
    that hides the delete entry from the recycle bin (courtesy of
    www.winHelponline). Note the following format:

    **************************************************

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ;Hides the "Delete" context menu entry for Windows Vista Recycle bin
    ;Replaces the "Delete" entry with "Search..." option
    ;Created on Feb 14,2007
    ;© 2007 Ramesh Srinivasan
    ;http://www.winhelponline.com

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\shell\Delete]
    "Description"="Overrides the \"Delete\" option"
    @="Search..."

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\shell\Delete\command]
    @=hex(2):25,00,77,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,69,00,72,00,25,00,5c,00,65,00,78,00,70,\
    00,6c,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\shell\Delete\ddeexec]
    @="[FindFolder(\\\"%l\\\", %I)]"
    "NoActivateHandler"=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\shell\Delete\ddeexec\Application]
    @="Folders"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\shell\Delete\ddeexec\topic]
    @="AppProperties"

    *************************************************

    When you run the above .reg file all the information stipulated is
    automatically entered in the registry in the requisite areas. What you show
    in your file will not do this.

    What you show is ***Key"="0lCz1kz1oiITB88gPE2mBMg+DkeHUH***. That looks like
    a program key and you have to figure out what to do with it and where to
    place it so the program runs.

    Time to contact the programs author for assistance.

    But you say that you have already run this key under Windows 98 (6 years
    ago) and again under Windows XP.

    HOW?
     
    Richard Urban, Jan 3, 2009
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  2. Lau

    Peter Foldes Guest

    Bruce

    Also according to the OP it is 6 yrs old which makes me lean strongly towards your
    answer
     
    Peter Foldes, Jan 3, 2009
    #22
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  3. :eek:D

     
    FromTheRafters, Jan 4, 2009
    #23
  4. Just to avoid some misunderstanding of 'regfiles', they don't *run* any
    more than a 'textfile' does. Either, when chosen, will cause the OS to
    invoke another program (regedit and notepad respectively by default)
    and pass the contents to those programs to be consumed by them.

    I know *you* know this and that the OP can change the extension to
    'txt' to read the contents thereof in 'notepad', but maybe some readers
    would get the wrong idea when someone says that they run regfiles.
     
    FromTheRafters, Jan 4, 2009
    #24
  5. You are right of course and I should have been clear on that point. A text
    file is a text file. It is the extension and format of the text file that
    calls regedit and allows the .reg file entry to be inserted into the
    registry.
     
    Richard Urban, Jan 4, 2009
    #25
  6. Lau

    Sam Hobbs Guest

    I see nothing indicating that is relevant. The ability or inability of
    processing the reg file is not relevant to Vista compatibility of the
    program.
     
    Sam Hobbs, Jan 4, 2009
    #26
  7. Lau

    Sam Hobbs Guest

    When posting questions such as this, it helps to be more specific. It would
    help for example to know if the registration is for the HKLM
    (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE) or the current user.

    I exported a key from the HKLM then tried to import it. I got the message
    saying it is potentially dangerous but I just clicked on okay. Then I got a
    message saying there was an error. Nothing else happened, but I assume the
    problem is security. If so then perhaps if you had said enough then someone
    would have helped you with that.

    Microsoft personnel would never ever answer in the manner of most of the
    messages in this thread.
     
    Sam Hobbs, Jan 4, 2009
    #27

  8. Of course it's relevant. If the *.reg file in question tries to modify
    a registry "location" that does not and/or cannot exist in Vista, it
    won't work.


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    Bruce Chambers, Jan 4, 2009
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  9. Lau

    Sam Hobbs Guest

    I sure expected the software I used with XP to work with Vista. I sure
    believed that Vista is a newer version of Windows. Note that the name of
    this newsgroup is microsoft.public.windows.vista.security; in other words,
    Vista is Windows. Vista supports all of the Windows API that XP does.

    None of that is relevant to the question; the question is asking about
    importing a reg file. No part of the application is used by that or needs to
    even exist in the system.
    Not obvious to me. If that truly is a requirement, then Micorsoft really
    failed to inform people of that.
    Microsoft absolutely intends to support software that uses the Windows API
    and that conforms to the documentation of Windows programs. I see nothing
    indicating that the software does not comply. Importing into the registry is
    not a good solution, but it is a documented solution and is unrelated to the
    operation of the application itself.
     
    Sam Hobbs, Jan 4, 2009
    #29
  10. Lau

    Sam Hobbs Guest

    If the registry file worked in previous versions of Windows then by
    Microsoft's self-defined commitments, it should work for Vista too, unless
    they have explicitly stated an incompatibility. If you are aware of a known
    incompatibility then it would help to know what that is.
     
    Sam Hobbs, Jan 5, 2009
    #30
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